On Sunday we made our annual trek to the Scott and Keith Tree Farm to pick out the perfect Christmas tree. In true DeNike style we walked the whole farm twice before deciding to take a tree from the owner’s yard. It is a beautiful tree that looks perfect in the living room.
Back in September I wrote about how we were in the midst of bed transitions. We had ordered the boys bunk beds and were waiting for them. In the interim we were all sleeping on the floor.
Jim’s and my stint on the floor only lasted a few weeks. We are loving the new king bed and getting used to the rearrangement of our furniture.
The boys bunk beds arrived two weeks ago and they are loving it. They were built by Ben from Vertical Bunk Beds on Bainbridge Island. He even delivered and set them up. We are so please with the quality and design. Jack now has three beds in his room, a twin over full plus a trundle. Will gets the extra long twin over a queen.
They have traded off sleeping in the bottom and top bunks. I have told them that I only change one set of sheets a week, so choose wisely.
We have doubled the number of real beds in our house from three to six and are ready to host my sister’s family at Christmas time. Everyone will have a bed!
If anyone is up for a sleep over let us know, we can now host.
We all dressed up in a themed costume one year, but that was it. I have themed the boys before, but now that they are old enough to have a say that ship has sailed. I do try to have the dog in a theme with at least one of the boys, but it isn’t working this year. Hopefully Islay will tolerate the Halloween costume as well as Mulligan did.
If you are doing the family-themed costume this year, hats off to you. Especially if that means that you got your children to agree on a theme. I would love to see your photos, so please post them in comments.
Happy Halloween and have a safe evening.
It all started with Will needing a big boy bed. He has been sleeping in his crib as a day bed for over a year as we considered options on what to do next with his room. On our big camping trip earlier this summer, we had hours in the truck together to discuss/debate/deliberate on numerous topics. During this time, we came up with a plan — bunk beds in both of the boys’ rooms. Our house is about 1 guest room short so hosting visitors with kids can be a challenge.
Will is getting an extra-long twin over a queen bunk bed (L-shaped) and Jack is getting a twin over full with a twin trundle. Yes, that does mean Jack is losing his Transformers bed (it was such a pain to make), but he gets half of whatever we sell it for. We are going from three beds in our house to six…sleep over anyone? For Will’s mattress we are passing down our queen mattress and have decided to upgrade to a king. This requires us to not only get a new bed frame but also rearrange our furniture.
Everyone is excited about their new set-up — Will in his new BIG bed, Jack with his new desk and beds and Jim and I with larger sleeping space. For now, though, we are all on the floor until the new frames arrive. Islay loves this because she can easily climb up and give everyone morning kisses (or bites). So our house is a bit in transition right now, but soon we will all be sleeping in luxury.
Photo Friday – Welcome Islay
On our way home from the big road trip we stopped in Portland and picked up a new family member. Islay (pronounced “I la”) is a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog from Northwoods kennel. She is 11 weeks old and already big. She has a sweet personality, minus the puppy craziness. We are all very happy to have her as a part of the family. As if coming home from a 16 day trip wasn’t chaos enough, we decided to add a puppy (aka newborn), which means more potty training and middle of the night potty breaks. If I am a little absent with posts over the next few weeks, it is because I am trying to get the dog to go potty.
Photo Friday – On the Road
Today is the beginning of our sixteen day camping road trip through Utah and Arizona, with stops in Oregon, Idaho, New Mexico and Colorado. We have been looking forward to this trip for months and are so excited it is finally year. It will be two weeks of hot sun, beautiful scenery, National Parks and family fun! We are lucky (or brave) enough to be traveling with our good friends and camping partners, the Yocum family. Get ready for plenty of cheesy photos in tie dyes.